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2008.03.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

OLLAS Charla Series Features Alan Potash on Immigration

Omaha - The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host a conversation with Alan Potash, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League Plains States Region, Wednesday, April 9.

The event, part of the OLLAS Charla Series, is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room.

Potash will present “Immigration in America: Our Shared Values.”

The Anti-Defamation League is committed to addressing the issues of prejudice and discrimination that affect the people of Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas “to secure justice and fair treatment for all citizens.” The office provides numerous educational programs to the region, monitors and exposes racial and religious extremists, and advocates for the enforcement of hate crimes legislation.

OLLAS was established in 2003 as a center that would contribute new knowledge and understanding of Latino and Latin American communities and migrants within the state and across the region. OLLAS offers programs in Chicano and Latino/Latin American Studies and has received major funding for research that serves to inform public policy and effect change while engaging with community and academic partners locally and in Latin America.

For more information, contact Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS director, at 554.3835, or visit www.unomaha.edu/ollas for more information about OLLAS.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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